CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice joined State health leaders at the Capitol Complex in Charleston today for a virtual press briefing to once again update the public on the many measures being taken in the interest of protecting the public from the spread of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Saying that West Virginia “is still trending the right way” when it comes to the number of COVID-19 cases in the state, Gov. Jim Justice reminded state citizens to “keep doing the good work you have by washing your hands, keeping your hands away from your face and practicing social distancing” while also praising again health care and front line personnel for helping to “minimize the number of deaths and sickness” from the pandemic.
West Virginia’s second death attributable to COVID-19 was confirmed Wednesday in Jackson County, and Gov. Justice asked all residents to “keep the family, friends and loved ones” of this victim “in your thoughts and prayers.”
The number of positive tests for COVID-19 in West Virginia continues to stay at the level of approximately four percent.
Gov. Justice also said, despite a letter from some legislative leaders calling for cancellation of the rest of the school year, that he was “not ready to throw the towel in yet.
“I’m not going to deny our kids some sort of hope of going back to school,” Gov. Justice said. “I’m going to keep listening to the experts and I can assure you I would never put our kids, teachers and service personnel back in schools until it is totally safe and totally sound. But we don’t have to make a decision today on the rest of the school year.”
Schools Superintendent announces new tv program designed to help educate kids
State Schools Superintendent Clayton Burch added that he was “disheartened” after learning of the letter to the Governor and said maintaining a “single” message and being as “optimistic as we can” with our kids is crucial to their well-being.
Superintendent Burch said in the meantime keeping our students’ skills sharp and staying engaged with them and their families as much as possible is vital, and as a result, the West Virginia Department of Education and West Virginia Public Broadcasting have partnered up and will begin offering 30-minute educational segments that WVPB will broadcast every Tuesday and Thursday between 9 and 9:30 a.m.
Students can tune in for short lessons from state educators in the core subject areas. This also gives families ideas for educational activities they can do with their children.
“This is a great example of how our state agencies continue to work together and support one another and the general public during this pandemic,” Gov. Justice said.
COVID-19 Czar says every day West Virginians stay vigilant it will reduce effects of coronavirus
“Our future will be written by what we keep doing, not by what we’ve done,” Dr. Clay Marsh, the state’s COVID-19 czar, said during the briefing. Dr. Marsh also encouraged citizens to use face coverings of some sort - masks, scarves, etc. - to also help reduce the transmission of droplets that could be virus-laden.